The Canadian Peony Society 2020 Peony of the Year: Beatnik

Beatnik, created by Dominic Maltais, photo courtesy Lucie Pepin.

“Lactiflora seedling of unknown parentage. First bloomed 1999, first propagated 2006. DOUBLE. Vivid purplish red petals (RHS 66B) are of the cactus dahlia style but flower is double. Petals vary in width with some being narrow and elongate while other wider ones have notched and frilled terminal edges. Flowers can measure 4 to 6 inches in diameter and are held well above the foliage. Leaflets are long and narrow. The plant has many secondary buds. No fragrance. Average height at maturity is 30 inches. Stems do not need support. The flower should appeal for floral design purposes. Named for the social movement and literature of the 1950s which spawned the term “Beatnik” and is in the eyes of the originator reflected in the informal, somewhat rebellious appearance, of the flower.” – Beatnik, created by Dominic Maltais, photo courtesy Lucie Pepin.











What’s Happening

Daniel Lessard

Daniel Lessard, one of our Canadian Peony Society Members is now a Member of the Order of Canada (2018). Received for his analysis and popularization of Canadian politics and for his literary achievements, the Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Presented by the Governor General, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities. He has done a lot of volunteer work for the Canadian Peony Society in the past.
Daniel Lessard crédit Christine Thibault
Daniel Lessard, l’un des membres de notre société canadienne de pivoine, est maintenant membre de l’Ordre du Canada (2018). Daniel a reçu cette distinction honorifique pour son analyse et sa vulgarisation de la politique canadienne et pour ses réalisations littéraires. L’Ordre du Canada est l’un des plus grands honneurs de notre pays. Présenté par la gouverneure générale, l’Ordre rend hommage aux personnes dont le service façonne notre société, dont les innovations enflamment notre imagination et dont la compassion unit nos communautés. Il a beaucoup travaillé comme bénévole pour la Société canadienne de pivoine dans le passé.

2019 CPS Peony Festival Trophies And Awards

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2019 Grand Bal Des Pivoines

Pivoines primées au GRAND BAL DES PIVOINES au Parc Marie-Victorin
Pivoine simple amateur
1èreFirelightJulien Beaudet
2eAthenaClaude Quirion
3eMackinac GrandJulien Beaudet
Pivoine simple professionnel
1èreWhite InnocenceLes Jardins Osiris
2eCoral'n GoldLes Jardins Osiris
3eFlameJardin botanique de Montréal
Pivoine japonaise amateur
1èreSword DanceIsabelle Raymond
2eWhite CapLucie Pepin
3ePort RoyaleJulien Beaudet
Pivoine japonaise professionnel
1èreWalter MainsJardin botanique de Montréal
2eChocolate SoldierLes Jardins Osiris
3eHoney GoldJardin botanique de Montréal
Pivoine semi-double amateur
1èreGardeniaLucie Pepin
2eWhite GraceIsabelle Raymond
3eCoral CharmLucie Pepin
Pivoine semi-double professionnel
1èrePastel EleganceLes Jardins Osiris
2eAbalone PearlPrintemps Vivace
3eCoral SunsetLes Jardins Osiris
Pivoine double amateur
1èreHeavenly PinkLucie Pepin
2eRed CharmJulien Beaudet
3eRed CharmLucie Pepin
Pivoine double professionnel
1èreMother's ChoicePrintemps Vivace
2eJokerLes Jardins Osiris
3eLoreleiLes Jardins Osiris
Pivoine Itoh simple amateur
1èreVisions of Sugar PlumsJulien Beaudet
2eMagical Mystery TourJulien Beaudet
3eScarlet HeavenIsabelle Raymond
Pivoine Itoh simple professionnel
1èreScarlet HeavenJardin botanique de Montréal
2eMorning LilacHémérocalles de l'Isle
3ePrairie CharmJardin botanique de Montréal
Pivoine Itoh semi-double et double amateur
1èreBartzellaLucie Pepin
2eBartzellaJulien Beaudet
3eGarden TreasureLucie Pepin
Pivoine Itoh semi-double et double professionnel
1èreGordon E. SimonsonJardin botanique de Montréal
2eCora LouiseHémérocalles de l'Isle
3eSmith Family YellowLes Jardins Osiris
Pivoine arbustive simple amateur
1èreGauguinLucie Pepin
2eRosalind Elsie FranklinPierre Brousseau
3eGuardian of the MonasteryPierre Brousseau
Pivoine arbustive simple professionnel
1èreGolden BowlJardin botanique de Montréal
2eNikeJardin botanique de Montréal
3ePivoine de ChineLes Jardins Osiris
Pivoine arbustive semi-double et double amateur
1èreKamata NishikiJulien Beaudet
2eHephestosJulien Beaudet
3eOfuji NishikiPierre Roy
3e ex æquoPlutoLucie Pepin
Pivoine arbustive semi-double et double professionnel
1èreChromatellaJardin botanique de Montréal
2eRosalind Elsie FranklinLes Jardins Osiris
3eRosalind Elsie FranklinLes Jardins Osiris
Pivoine odoriférante amateur
1èreBartzellaLucie Pepin
2ePrimevereLucie Pepin
3eDiana ParksLucie Pepin
3e ex æquoNormieJulien Beaudet
Pivoine hybride québécoise A professionnel
1ère#941Fleurs Maltais -
François-Léo Tremblay
2e#855Fleurs Maltais -
François-Léo Tremblay
3e#1069Fleurs Maltais -
François-Léo Tremblay
Pivoine hybride québécoise B professionnel
1ère#275Les Jardins Osiris
2e#221Les Jardins Osiris
3e#888Les Jardins Osiris
Arrangement floral amateur
1ère#649Colette Lemay
2e#642Serge Le Blancq
3e#648Colette Lemay
La pivoine «Coup de Coeur» (toutes catégories confondues) sur un total de 1080 fleurs exposées
1èreBartzellaLucie Pepin
2eHeavenly PinkLucie Pepin
3eRed CharmJulien Beaudet
Le grand gagnant du Trophée Cascades (l'exposant ayant le plus de pivoines primées)
AmateurLucie Pepin
ProfessionnelJardin botanique de Montréal

Coming Events

June 19 -20, 2020 Regina, Saskatchewan


Due to the Corona Virus pandemic CORVID 19, the Canadian Peony Society National Show, scheduled for June 19&20. 2020 in Regina, Saskatchewan has been cancelled. It was a difficult and unprecedented decision but necessary due to concerns for Safety and well being. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to commend the Prairie Peony Society volunteers for their tireless efforts in organizing this National event. We will keep you updated on our website and social media for rescheduling details. Keep Safe.

Darlene Kalawsky
President, Canadian Peony Society
(250) 365-2155

2020 National Peony Show Poster

About The Canadian Peony Society

Where We Started

The Canadian Peony Society was formed in January 1998. It was founded by John Simkins, a remarkable individual who specialized in peonies. He grew about 1200 of them around his home.


There are currently over 300 members (from Newfoundland to British Columbia) in the Society; membership is open to anyone with an interest in peonies. We are always looking for new members! Click here for more information.


The Society’s activities include plant sales; a seed exchange; an annual national peony show along with regional shows sponsored by CPS; and periodic email bulletins. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Our Mission

To promote the growing, improving and use of peonies in the garden and for home decoration; to encourage peony breeding to produce distinctly Canadian peony hybrids; to locate and record locally bred peonies, and produce a national registry of collections and their location; and, to sponsor an annual peony show and encourage regional shows.

Interesting Facts about Peonies


Peonies are long-lived (over 50 years) and very hardy (to USDA zone 2)


Peonies are drought tolerant, low maintenance and are deer-resistant.


Peonies have been cultivated for more than 2000 years as medicinal and ornamental plants.


Flowers come in a range of colours, including yellow, coral, peach and lavender, in addition to white, blush, pink, magenta, and red.


Blooms may be single, semi-double, double, anemone, or Japanese in form and their scent can be classified as rose, lemon, honey, or musk.

What is a Peony?

pe·o·ny (pēˈənē) (pronounced pee-uh-nee) any plant of the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae, mostly Eurasian species popular as garden and florists’ flowers. Herbaceous peonies (most varieties of P. lactiflora)—formerly and still sometimes called piney—are hardy, bushy perennials that die back each year. Large, usually spring-blooming, single, semi-double or double flowers commonly range in shades from red to white.

Tree peonies (P. suffruticosa) have a somewhat woody, persistent base and are usually taller than the herbaceous, with more abundant and larger blossoms. Both herbaceous and tree are very long-lived. Both kinds of peony have long been venerated in their native China and Japan. The peony was formerly regarded as both ornamental and medicinal—the roots were used to prevent convulsions. P. brownii is a species of small peony, not horticulturally important, that is native to the West Coast of North America.

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We’d Love to Hear From You

Who We Are

We are a Society dedicated to the growth and development of Peonies. We are always looking for new members and enthusiasts to join the Society, so join us and come and share your passion!

Recent Updates

Are you attending the 2020 National Peony Show & Canadian Peony Society AGM on June 19th and 20th in Regina, Sask? See our Events page for more information

Contact Info

Canadian Peony Society
424 Godolphin Rd.
Warkworth, ON K0K 3K0